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fast food workers in 100 cities staged a strike for minimum wage. listen to what they were saying. >> i deserve more respect, more money. i am tired of living in poverty wage. >> it's not right that we've got to live in poverty from paycheck to paycheck and borrow from peter to pay off paul. >> personally i've been doing this for over 16 years. i've raised my two kids working in fast food. and it's a struggle. >> now, when you listen to those that marched around the country, trying to deal with the jobs on the ground which is why i showed the graph. you see people marching in a hundred cities yesterday. here's what republican congressman joe barton said this week about minimum wage. quote, i think it's outlived its usefulness. it may have been of some value back in the great depression. i would vote to repeal the minimum wage. that's what we're dealing with, randi. >> so, you know, when there's -- i've seen and i've been in washington now awhile, and it really is an evidence-free zone. it doesn't actually matter what the facts are. so maybe, you know, now that the pope has come out agai
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of city workers can be cut as part of that bankruptcy. what is your reaction as the international president of afscme? >> it's a dark day in the city of detroit. it's a dark day for the retirees who have worked 30 and 35 years, given their life to public service in that city. retirees who on average making $19,000 a year are now exposed to potential cuts in their benefits. i lay the blame completely with governor snyder. he's the governor. he's the chief executive officer of that state. pensions are a constitutional right in that state. as the governor, we've got to deal with the economic crisis in detroit. but he should have removed pensions from the table. you don't harm -- you don't attack individuals making $19,000 a year putting a bullseye on their back while you're trying to achieve the goals of wall street and wall street bankers. they aren't going to be harmed. they aren't going to suffer. the folks who are going to suffer are those retirees. we think that's unacceptable. this is not only a legal question and we're going to challenge this, we're going to appeal it. >> what
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children in new york city. across the country, one in five children lives in poverty. this is a real crisis. right now this country is facing this crisis. but republicans in washington don't seem to care. in just two weeks, unemployment benefits will run out for 1.3 million americans. yet this is the response from a top republican. >> i do support unemployment benefits for the 26 weeks they're paid for. if you extend it beyond that, you do a disservice to these workers. when you allow people to be on unemployment for 99 weeks, you're causing them to be part of this perpetual unemployed group in our economy. >> helping unemployed workers does them a disservice? that's heartless, clueless, and gutless all rolled into one. right now a majority of americans want to raise the minimum wage. but here's the response from another top republican. >> you don't want to raise the minimum wage to the point you're losing jobs. if you raise it too high, you'll have fewer jobs and fewer opportunities particularly for these young people. >> so giving the lowest paid workers a fair wage threatens the economy?
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